What we do
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future. We organize around our theory of change, which outlines our understanding of the climate crisis and vision for the future.
OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:
- Accessible food and drinking water
- Healthy outdoor and indoor air
- Clean and efficient energy
- Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
- Quality natural resources
- Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
- Zero Waste
- Engaged students, stewards, and workers
Energy BenchmarkingWorking to cut energy waste in Philadelphia’s largest buildings by tracking and reporting citywide building performance.
Jan31EventPhiladelphia 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Final Draft Review Meeting10:30 am to 12:00 pmOnlineEvent
Philadelphia 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Final Draft Review MeetingJanuary 31, 202210:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursOnlinemapPhiladelphia’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan describes which hazards, like flooding and winter storms, affect Philadelphia. The plan also looks at what City projects can help reduce damage from disasters before they happen. In this workshop, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will review the City’s updated 2022 plan for mitigating or reducing risk to future natural and human-caused hazards. There will be an opportunity for questions, answers, and feedback from the audience. This meeting is open to all planning partners and the public.
LEARN MORE: https://bit.ly/HMPmeeting
Feb1Event10th Annual SEI Energy Briefing8:30 am to 10:00 amEvent
10th Annual SEI Energy BriefingFebruary 1, 20228:30 am to 10:00 am, 2 hoursLeaders in the energy field will review current and future energy trends and provide an insider’s overview of the regional and national 2022 energy landscape. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-sei-energy-briefing-tickets-227223370217
Feb23EventRising Tide: The Crossroads Project Lecture6:30 pm to 7:30 pmEvent
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project LectureFebruary 23, 20226:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 1 hourRising Tide: The Crossroads Project, a multi-disciplinary live performance fusing original music with art, imagery, and science to address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response. Through an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky, live musical performance by the Fry Street Quartet, lecture by physicist and educator Robert Davies, and imagery by visual artist Rebecca Allen and photographer Garth Lenz, Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes juxtaposing the natural world from which we have emerged and the human world that has emerged from us. Grounded in science, elevated by art, and igniting response, The Crossroads Project confronts a planet under siege and a future in peril, inspiring audiences to change the course.
This performance will include a lecture at the Academy of Natural Sciences on February 23, 2022 at 6:30pm.
The performance in the Mandell Theater will take place on February 24, 2022 at 7pm.
LEARN MORE: https://drexel.edu/performingarts/mandell-presents/current-season/